Bache-Martin Elementary School
2201 Brown Street  
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

The Bache-Martin Home & School Association (HSA) is here to support your student(s), the teachers, and the school. We need parents and guardians like YOU to support the delivery of a great educational experience for our students.

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Walk (or bike!) to School Day

Great Eastern State Breakout 5K Race and Kids Fun Run.
Sign up for Team Bache-Martin!

Bache-Martin Garden Team
Bring your gloves, and join us as we prepare our garden for fall!

Kindergarten Open House
   8:30am - Martin Auditorium. Please make time to sign in. 
Picture Day
Make sure to send in payment ahead of time. 

Fall Fest
9:30am - 2:15pm, 22nd Street. We need volunteers, please email us or sign up here to help us make this an amazing event!

Movie night
6pm - Brown Street Lawn
Bring a picnic, and join us in this great fall tradition. $5/ family

Town Hall
K-2 9-9:45
3-5 10-10:45

Bache-Martin Garden Team
Bring your gloves, and join us as we prepare our garden for fall festivities!

Happy Halloween!
Parade for Pre-K-4 at 2:15pm

School News

Walk / Bike to School Day - October 10
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National Walk to School Day will be on Wednesday, October 10. If you would like to join a Bache-Martin "walking/biking school bus" meet at one of the following intersections at 8:10am:

  • Parrish St. and N 24th 
  • Aspen St. and N 24th 
  • Corinthian and Parrish St.
  • Corinthian and Brown St.
  • Fairmount Ave. and N 22nd

We will walk together to school as a group and will be greeted by school staff upon arrival. 

Feel welcome to make your own Walk to School Day sign. We are fortunate that so many of our students can walk, or bike to their neighborhood school each day. 
Great Eastern State Breakout Run - Oct 13
This is a one-of-a-kind, 5K USATF-sanctioned flat road race through Fairmount, inside the grounds at Girard College, down Corinthian Avenue and right past the Eastern State Penitentiary!

  • 5K Race starts at 8:30 AM
  • Kids Fun Run starts 9:15 AM
  • Winners Announcements at 9:30 AM

**Online registration has ended, but you can still sign up at packet pickup, or on the day of the race!**

Child Registration (Individual): $20.00
Adult Registration (Individual): $30 ($35 on race day!)

Don't forget to join Team Bache-Martin at signup!
Library Volunteer Day - October 15
We received another shipment of brand new books for our school library and welcome any help, any time on MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 from 9 am to 3 pm.

If you have 30 minutes or all day, we would appreciate any time you can give to shelving these new titles. If you can join us, email Janice Hunt  or just show up.

Thanks for your support as we get closer to re-opening. 

Please note:

This volunteer day is during the school day, so clearances are necessary.

Bring in your Box Tops!!
It is time to bring your Box Tops in for our first collection competition of the school year!

Have your student bring their clipped Box Tops in to their teacher by Friday, October 26th. 

Lots of great brands participate in the Box Tops program, from Annie's Organic snacks to Ziploc storage bags.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school! For a complete list of Box Tops participating brands and products,  click here.

There will be a special prize for the top collecting grades (one grade from K-4th, and another grade from 5th-8th). Happy clipping!

Fall Festival - October 19!
The Second Annual Fall Festival will be a fun in-school celebration for all students, and we need your help to make it happen. 
We are looking for ideas for activities, treats, and decorations, as well as volunteers to organize activities for the students (such as face painting, fall themed games, crafts).

Please help us make this an amazing event by clicking here and signing up to help!
Movie Night - October 19 
Join us that same evening, for our fall movie tradition on the Brown Street lawn!

Bring a picnic blanket (or chairs), your family, neighbors, and friends, and join us for some Halloween-themed fun!

$5 suggested donation per family includes popcorn.
First movie starts at dusk (6:00pm).  Want to help us with the event, click here to sign up!

The Boo Grams are coming!
The HSA will be selling Boo Grams this year, for $1 each. ​Students will have the opportunity to purchase Boo Grams for their friends, family, or teachers, during Fall Fest, on October 19, and during the week of October 22-26.

They can choose between a bewitching assortment of Halloween candy, or non-candy treatsAll proceeds will go towards school supplies, and events.

Volunteers are needed to help sell and deliver Boo Grams. Email Jen Kosoff  with questions or to help organize. 

Give Kids Sight Day - Nov 17
Children 17 and under in and around the Philadelphia area are invited to this FREE annual event for FREE eye care and eyeglasses.​ 
Sight Day is geared towards kids who did not have or did not pass an eye screening this year.  Registration takes place from 8:30am to 1:00pm at Jefferson Alumni Hall and features eye screening, a health fair, free books, snacks and more! 
​No health insurance? No problem! All children are welcome. Walk-ins only, no appointment is needed! We do suggest families arrive early.

Download and post Sight Day flyers in multiple languages for your organization and in key spots in your community at . Flyers are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Vietnamese, French and Haitian Creole.  

Help spread the word further by joining us on social media! You can find us on Facebook @GiveKidsSightDay or Twitter @PHL_GKSD

Thank you, Redemption City Church!

We would like to say thank you to volunteers from  Redemption City Church  who joined us this past Sunday in the front garden to complete various gardening tasks!

We weeded, split up the irises, and the children harvested mini gourds, and planted bulbs fro the spring!

Do you enjoy gardening? Like plants? Want to learn? Join us, every other Sunday. Contact Nissa for exact meeting time and dates. 
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Meet the Team: Cindy Stone
Welcome all new and old families!
My name is Cindy Stone, and I am the School Climate Support Specialist here at Bache Martin Elementary School. I previously held the position as a One to One Support Assistant. I bring over 25 years of service to the Philadelphia School District. I enjoy working with parents/students and the community.  My passion is student achievement. I'm always willing to go above and beyond in making school a happy and healthy learning environment. I look forward to working hard to implement positive energy in hopes to make a difference in the lives of everyone.

Parents can look forward to receiving support with parent workshops and other parental involvement activities. Students will receive my support in every way possible to help them achieve their goals.
Please practice the school's School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports Plan at home and in school.
Be Respectful
Be Responsible
Be Safe

Thank you for your support!

Middle School Moment!
Student Historians in 7-8th Grade.

After starting the year working on their autobiographies, the 7th and 8th grade social studies classes have moved on to learning and using historical thinking skills, such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading, to find the truth among multiple perspectives. 

As historians, they are studying how to find evidence in the text to create a valid argument. 

School Nurse's Corner
There's a new page on the Power of Bache-Martin website!

Does your Tiger need to take medicine during the day? What about a health/dental checkup form?

Then head over to the School Nurse's Corner for useful notices, resources, and reminders from Nurse Little and Nurse Hall. 

And don't forget: Wills Eye will be at Bache-Martin on Sept. 24 for required vision testing (for grades 2-5). Remember to return the form that Nurse Little sent with your student last week!

The School Store is Open!
The PBIS School Store was mobile for the first time on Friday and students who earned Tiger Tickets all week got to cash them in for cool stuff on the store's shelves.

Ms. Stone, School Climate and Support Specialist, and manager of the store says, "It's a pleasure to give students incentives for showing their Tiger Pride: Being Responsible, Being Respectful and Being Safe.

If you have suggestions for school store inventory or are willing to purchase or donate items that Bache-Martin kids will love,  email Ms. Stone. 

After School Programs!
MORE  After School Programs  are now available for enrollment!

While the Bache-Martin After School Program now has a waitlist, we have a full roster of programs for you to choose from:

  • Choir and Chorale after school (Forms are due on the 17 to Ms. Fiero!)
  • Dream Camp (FREE After School Program!)
  • Girls on the Run
  • GIve and Go Basketball
  • Mi Casita Spanish Immersion (limited spaces available)
  • Philly Tutors Gaming Club (Half Sessions available this fall!)
  • Snapology Robotics (spots are still available for this popular ASP!)
  • Soccer Shots 
  • Young Rembrandts (Starts in one week!)
  • Zoom Ballet 
  • Zumba with Kanika (NEW PROGRAM this fall with Ms. K!)

plus don't forget that the following programs pick up at Bache-Martin every day:

Classroom Fundraisers: Help!

As you know, funding can be limited for public schools. Most students and their families cannot afford to purchase supplies, or to pay for some instruction materials.

Please help our teachers in their class fundraisers, so that they're able to start the year ready and with everything they need for ALL of our Tigers!

1st Grade
Ms. Chiminello (110M) and Ms. DeSalvo (112M) -
A Kick Start to First Grade!

3rd Grade

Ms. Sharon (Rm103M) - ​​
Laptops for Learning , and  Supplies Are Necessary!

4th Grade
Ms. White (Rm124M) -  21st Century Learning 

Science (Kindergarten to 4th Grade)
Ms. McCracken (Rm. 131M) - Science K-4 funraiser : Putting the T in STEM. 

7th/8th Grade​
Ms. Jones - Social Studies (Rm. 24B) - Class Fundraiser: 
Building a Classroom Library

​Ms. Redmond - 7/8th English (20B) -  A Novel Form of Government: Who Rules and How?
Thank you so much to those of you that have donated, it is because of you that the following fundraisers have been fully funded!

We are grateful to you, as you are helping us make a difference at Bache-martin!​
Pre-K (Bright futures)
Ms. Lianne Earley's fundraiser  
Nurturing Artists, Builders, and Problem Solvers!

Ms. Ellis (Imbriglia) and Ms. Ganci's fundraiser:
Hooray for K, 2018!

1st Grade
Ms. Chiminello and Ms. DeSalvo's fundraiser:
A Kick Start to First Grade!

3rd Grade

Ms. West's Classroom Fundraiser:  Comfy Cozy Reading Nook

5th Grade
Ms. Malloy's Class Fundraiser:
Creativity + Technology= #5thgradesquad 

7th/8th Grade​

Ms. Redmond's Class Fundraiser: 
Buried in Books, 
Coffee with the Administrators is back!
​Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with Mr. V and Dr. Merritt about the school year ahead, right after you drop off your student(s).
Bring your questions & concerns. We'll bring the coffee.

Every first Wednesday of the month
(right after drop off!)
School Library, 2nd Floor Bache Building

See you there!
Community Leadership Team: Get Involved!
The Community Leadership Team is an advisory group that focuses on strategic school issues such as vision and mission, school performance data, action plan for school improvement,  budget, and school-based policies. With the goal of hearing from a diverse group of school stakeholders, the group is open to parents/family members, faculty, staff, students, community members, and the school administrators. All meetings are open to interested parties.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the Team will meet from 3:30pm-4:30pm on Tuesdays 10/2, 12/4, 2/5, 3/5, and 5/7. If you'd like more information, please contact parent/meeting organizer Beth Doreian

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
Here are some pictures of our first day of school, where we not only #RangTheBellPHL, we also welcomed our Kindergarten class of 2018-2019, and we marched with the Positive Movement Drill Team!!!

It was so wonderful to see all of our students and their families back at the school today.  Thank you to the wonderful staff, teachers, and parent volunteers who helped the first day of school go so smoothly. Thank you to Positive Movement Entertainment for bringing so much fun and energy with their fantastic drum beats, and to High Point Cafe for providing coffee for our Kindergarden Parent Welcome breakfast (and to the parents that brought baked goods for it as well!)!  

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Thank you volunteers!!! 
On behalf of Mr. V, Dr. Merritt, and all of the Bache-Martin faculty and staff, thank you to all of the volunteers who helped the teachers set up classrooms for the start of the new school year. 

We're so thankful for the extra hands to get the year off to a smooth start!

School Supply Lists
There are less than 4 weeks until the start of the school your Tiger ready?

We are working with our faculty (yes, even during their vacation) to get school supply lists ready for you ahead of school, so you can take advantage of all of those Back-to-School Sales!

Head over to our Supply Lists page (under the Parents tab), and check if we have yours yet...and don't worry if you don't see it, we will continue to upload them as we get them!
We need YOU as a coach for GOTR!
Are you interested in inspiring young girls? We need YOU as a coach for GOTR at Bache-Martin!

Girls on the Run Philadelphia is a program that believes that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world.

In working directly with a team of 3rd-5th grade girls or 6th-8th grade girls, coaches teach them healthy lifestyle lessons while training them for the culminating Girls on the Run 5K. So finding great and reliable coaches is essential!
Coaches do NOT need to be runners. Anyone who is passionate about girl empowerment and wellness will make a great coach. And yes, men can coach too!

If you think you would like to inspire a young girl, sign up now!

For more details about becoming a coach, visit the GOTR websiteor contact Carrie Peck
Garden Committee - We need volunteers!
Come and help us spruce up the front garden of the Martin building through the summer!

This gardening group will meet every two weeks this summer and fall;  join us whenever you can, as long as you can!

Please invite anyone that would be interested in making our school look beautiful for all of our neighborhood to enjoy (Neighbors, parents, friends, and students as well)!

Because this gardening event is held outside school hours, volunteers will not need clearances. And please let us know if other dates would work, as we could create additional signups for those days!

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Kindergarten registration opens again on August 6!

If you live in our catchment, and missed the opportunity to register your 5 year old for kindergarten, you can do so starting August 6. 


You can find what documents are required for registartion  by clicking here.

Please bring the documents to Ms. Sue in the main office between  9am and 11:30am, Monday-Thursday. If those hours do not work for you, please call the school (215) 400-7550 to arrange for an appointment.

The main office is on the Martin building (one story building). Enter through the main entrance on 22nd street and register at the desk.

Settlement Music Choir
Did you hear? Our Choir After School students had their end-of-the school year concert last week at the Temple Performing Arts Center

Each year, the Settlement Music Choir program culminates in a joint performance, with students from all participating schools working together to rehearse and perform a full concert. 

A big thank you to our partners at Settlement Music School, and to Ms. Fiero , for leading this wonderful program!
Field Day - Thank you!
THANK YOU to everyone that volunteered, donated, and helped with the 2018 Field Day!

The kids had a blast, despite the heat and humidity. We are already looking forward to next about you?

Counselor Corner - June 2018
Happy JUNE and Happy SUMMER!

I want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to our 8th grade students! Congrats on finishing your time at Bache-Martin! As you continue your journey to high school you should know that the staff at Bache-Martin wish you the best of luck! Work hard and come back to visit!

To all students: I hope that you can look ahead into summer and the next school year with a lot of CONFIDENCE! You’ve learned so much this year and I’ve seen so many of you grow and develop as students and leaders. Be proud of your accomplishments and come into the new school year with CONFIDENCE!

Character theme of the month: Confidence

During the month of June we will focus on CONFIDENCE! Join us in practicing and modeling CONFIDENCE by believing in yourself and telling yourself “I can do it!” click here to continue reading Ms. Cocca's June newsletter!
13 Reasons Why Toolkit
The second season of this show aired on Netflix earlier in May and mental health professional have advised that parents review the resource guide attached.

As we enter summer, we want to ensure that parents are supported with these resources in the event that any sensitive topics or questions arise as a result of viewing the show. To download the toolkit, click here , or on the image on the right.

Parent Involvement: The Key to Success!
Get involved in your child's education, parental/guardian involvement is a key predictor of a student's academic success! Help them reach for the stars!


The Community Leadership Team is a developing advisory group that focuses on strategic school issues such as vision and mission, action plan for school improvement, budget, and school-based policies. The group aims to include parents/family members, faculty, staff, students, community members, and the school administrators. All meetings are open to interested parties. 

The Team meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the school library (Bache building, second floor). Questions? Please contact Beth Doreian, or Mr. V. 


Get updates on school progress, bring your questions and concerns. These meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, at 8:15am, in the school Library (Bache building, second floor).

​You bring the questions, we bring the coffee.


YOU can make the difference in our school; attend any of the open meetings. Morning meetings happen on the second Thursday of the month, at 8:15am in the school library, with additional meetings in the evenings (which will be announced ahead of time).


We are always looking for volunteers! We have a lot of opportunities for you to choose from; like the front desk,  or the upcoming Bache in Bloom fundraiser! To see all the opportunities, click here. 

Come and learn how you can make a difference; how you can help our students, and our school!

Boxtops Contest!

Help your child's classroom win the
Box Tops Collection Competition by clipping and submitting.

Last school year, we earned $416.20 for our school from Box Tops and used the money for classroom supplies. This school year, our goal is to earn $1,000+!!

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Even just one Box Top helps, so please collect them, and send them in the Box Tops bag that came home with your student in the fall. 

Don't forget, if you get your neighbors, family, and friends to help you collect you can really help your class win more prizes, and, in turn, help raise more money for Bache-Martin.  Contact Nicole, for more information
Front Desk Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to take shifts in at least 1 hour increments to sit at the front desk, make sure people sign in, and direct them to the main office. The most important shift to cover first is 11am-1pm, though other times of the day will be needed as well. 

Info on obtaining the school clearances can be found on the
Clearances page . These will need to be submitted to the school secretary, Ms. Sue, before volunteering can begin. 

Please contact
Anna , or sign up right here ....and let your friends, and neighbors know about this opportunity!

Access Your Student's Information On-Line!

Parents/guardians can access their student(s) classroom assignments and other information via the SDP website.  You will need your student's SDP-assigned 7-digit ID number (this number can be found on your student's report card).

Go to The Philadelphia School District's Website , and follow the Parents link, or go to the School District's Family Portal.  Log-in, or create an account if you don't have one.

You will need to link your student's account to yours. Click on "My Students" and follow the instructions. Once the SDP links your students to your account (24-72 hours), you will then be able to click on "Family Net" and access all sorts of goodies on your student. 

For detailed step-by-step instructions, please click here .  If you need to troubleshoot the process, please call 215-400-4000 for assistance.

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